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2013-04-12 10:31 am
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[sticky entry] Sticky: Introduction

 Hi! This Dreamwidth account is mainly used for posting my fanfiction. You can take a look at my tags or my fanfiction.net account to see what I've written. I am no longer updating my memories as of April 9, 2013.

I am also flonnebonne on LivejournalIf you knew me on LJ, please add me to your circle on Dreamwidth! I'm slowly trying to move my friendslist from LJ over here. 

In general, feel free to add me to your circle/friendlist, comment on any of my posts, or just lurk. I hardly ever lock anything and I don't bite (at least not online I don't).
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2017-10-18 10:23 pm

AlphaGo Zero

AlphaGo lost 100-0 against the newest version of itself, AlphaGo Zero. The crazy thing is that Zero had no human input whatsoever--it just learned by playing itself. I am excited but also non-plussed. I can only imagine how pro go players are feeling. This machine leapt over a thousand years of human learning in a few days.


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2017-07-22 07:33 pm

[Hikaru no Go] Fic: Big Trouble with Little Waya

Big Trouble with Little Waya 
Words: 876
Summary: Isumi brings Le Ping over to Waya's family home. Shenanigans ensue.

Link to A03
Link to FF.net

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2017-07-10 11:41 pm

Women who write shounen, men who write shoujo

In the wake of the success of the Wonder Woman movie, today I want to talk about something that is only obliquely related to Wonder Womanshounen series created by women, and shoujo series created by men.

As with all my meta blog entries, I am writing for me me me and will only reference series I
 have seen

Let's talk Hikago, FMA, Utena, Madoka... )

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2017-07-10 10:00 pm

[Hikaru no Go] Fic: The Games of Autumn

The Games of Autumn 
Words: 2,139
Characters: Waya, Shindou, Iksumi
Summary: Waya moves out of his crappy apartment. Shindou and Isumi help. The weather doesn't. (Written for [personal profile] tuulentupa's unofficial round of blind-go!) 
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2017-07-03 03:39 pm

[Final Fantasy IV] Fic: The Ordeal

The Ordeal (509 words) 
Fandom: FF4
Characters: Tellah, Cecil, Palom, Porom
Summary: A very silly story about what could happen if you overuse the "Peninsula of Power Levelling" located north of Mt. Ordeals.

Link to fic on A03
Link to fic on FF.net 

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2017-06-19 11:57 pm

[Hikaru no Go] Fic: The Big Slump

The Big Slump (8010 words) 
Chapters: 8/8
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Ochi, Ochi's Grandfather, Waya, Yashiro, Kurata 
Summary: "Your go is made of money." Ochi is in a slump and wants to figure out why.

...It's quite possible that I've written more Ochi fics than anyone in the world.   
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2017-05-08 09:08 pm

Happy (belated) Hikago day!

Happy belated Hikago day! I wanted to post something on May 5th but I didn't have anything ready -_- 

But! You can check out the 5 fics at tuulentupa's unofficial blind-go post, one of which is mine!

And below the cut is a snippet of an unfinished Ochi fic. I like writing Ochi. He's always grouchy. 

The Big Slump )
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2017-05-02 12:06 am

Get Your Words Out - April check-in

I've written 33937 total words so far this year. I made a pledge at Camp NaNoWriMo to write 25,000 words of my novel in April, but HA that didn't work out. And I still...don't actually know how Camp NaNoWriMo works. 

Most of April was spent wrestling with Dragon Naturally Speaking, first the technical hurdles and then the mental ones. I might write about the technical hurdles in another post, but the mental hurdles have been just as hard to deal with. I was really depressed one day about my inability to just TALK into the empty air. The problem is that my writing process relies on me re-reading what I've already written.--it's visual. And I wasn't sure I could change a life-time of visual training to become more auditory, considering how badly I'd done at all the listening tests in my long-ago piano lessons, and how I always need textual reinforcement when I learn new words....

And then the next day, I figured out what I needed. A visual crutch. I had already tried a tactile crutch--moving my fingers around as I dictated, as if I were typing--but that wasn't doing much. I'm just too visual/textual, not tactile. 

So I got out a notebook and wrote on paper as I dictated aloud, and...it worked! It was incredibly helpful! Even if I was just scribbling squiggles that didn't really look like the words I was saying aloud, it helped a lot. It especially helped me deal with punctuation and indenting and other annoying things quibbly things that you have to dictate. With the paper/pen crutch, dictating is getting easier and maybe eventually maybe I won't need the crutch and I'll be able to do dictation on the go, on a voice recorder, which is the dream. I think it'll be a while though. I've got to train Dragon, and myself, a lot more. 

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2017-04-28 01:16 pm

Slam Dunk 10 Days After

Did you know that Inoue Takihiko did a short sequel to Slam Dunk called 10 Days After? You can download the scanlated at http://summerdrummer.livejournal.com/6763.html

The neat thing about 10 Days After is that Inoue drew the whole thing on the blackboards of a school in Kanagawa over the course of 3 days. It was a big event, with 5000 visitors and a documentary and kids playing basketball in the gym with Inoue and everything. 

You can see footage of the event, including Inoue drawing on the blackboards, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfrDbxmP7h8

Inoue's message to his fans is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmz-0lbfwIo (in Japanese, no translation).

Ahhhh, nothing makes me happier than SD. (Hikago might be my favourite series, but SD is my comfort series.) 

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2017-04-21 09:57 pm

PSA for Attack on Titan Fans

If you're watching Attack on Titan, you probably also want to watch Attack on Titan Junior High

It's not on Crunchyroll! 

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2017-04-20 06:22 pm

Fic rec: What I Found in Innoshima

 I'ma gonna rec this fic! 

Summary: A year after Sai's disappearance, Hikaru returns to Innoshima. And gets possessed once more by a Go-playing ghost – this time, Honinbou Shuusaku.Except Shuusaku doesn't want to play Go, and frankly, Hikaru doesn't know what to do with that.

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2017-04-16 04:21 pm

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Here's what I wrote for Inter High 2017: 

Regret Whatever
(3640 words) for [personal profile] prillalar 
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Slam Dunk
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Akagi Takenori, Mitsui Hisashi, Kogure Kiminobu, Akagi Haruko, Ayako (Slam Dunk), Sakuragi Hanamichi, Rukawa Kaede, Miyagi Ryota
Summary: The Shohoku boys regret everything and nothing.

...I realize this fic is kind of a spiritual successor to another SD fic of mine, Imagination, and by "spiritual successor" I mean "almost the exact same story." Lol.

That said, this fic was a super fun fic to write, and I am so glad that [personal profile] prillalar requested Slam Dunk :) I think this might be the fandom I most enjoy writing for. Love the gangsta boys and the basketball action and the fact that I actually understand a bit about basketball, unlike most of the other sports/games I try to write about lalalala.  

BIG thank you to cryforthedream for beta-ing the fic and catching some really big gaffs! Certain parts of the fic probably wouldn't have made any sense without his input. I owe you one, man.

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2017-04-10 10:47 pm

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AAHHHHH I got my Interhigh present and it is beyond my wildest dreams!!!

Check out Izumi from Princess Nine being her super TEENAGE ANGSTY REBELLIOUS CRAZY SELF in awesome super creative comic form!!

I cannot believe I got something so involved, and for an old fandom like Princess Nine!! I am so happy and lucky and ducky right now :D :D :D

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2017-04-03 10:51 pm

iOS app for learning to read in Japanese - Webu

 Here's something I posted at http://japanese.livejournal.com/2381436.html, reproduced here for posterity: 

I've been using a (mostly) free iOS app called Webu to practice my reading skills, and I've found it immensely helpful. It's basically a web browser, but when you click on a word it quickly brings up a the Japanese-English dictionary entry and plays the audio out loud. You can also quickly make a flash card for the word for later study. The flash card contains the example sentence you initially saw the word in, and it also lets you go back to the website where you originally saw the word. There are other features too, but I'd say the web browsing and the flash cards are the main ones. 

It's a new app, so it's still got some bugs here and there, but when I emailed the developer he was super nice and implemented some of my suggestions. For example, I asked him to make new types of flash cards and he did! I'm pretty amazed at how kind and responsive he's been. The developer is looking for more users, of course, so I'm promoting the app here now :) Not being paid, I promise! Just want to spread the word. 

Note: the free version of Webu has some limitations on how many words you can look up per hour and how many flash cards you can save (100). The limitations aren't too bad though--if I weren't studying for the JLPT this year, I would have probably just kept using the free version. In a way the limitations are sometimes good: it's helpful sometimes to force yourself to not look up too many words (so you learn to figure things out more from context). But when you're cramming for the JLPT you do things a little differently :D Anyway, the paid features are only a couple dollars each, at least in the Canadian app store, so if you want them they don't break the bank. 

Link to Webu on the App Store

User Guide for Webu

One more thing: the developer also has another app called Sabu, which is similar to Webu except that it's for videos. Mind you, I haven't tried out Sabu yet because there's no free trial version and I have no room for video files on my phone. But it sounds very useful. You can play a video on your iPhone with two sets of subtitltes, and when you encounter a word you want to learn you can click on it to look it up, hear it, and add it to flash cards. The rewinding and forwarding and such also seem to be really tailored for language learning. 

Link to Sabu on the App Store

Sabu website

Sabu feature description

Hope some of this is helpful!

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2017-03-27 10:09 pm

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

I've installed a version of Dragon on my computer. Its accuracy level is pretty damn high. I'm using a blue Snowball microphone, and I think this is the right choice because it lets me freely kind of move around this I might have to pick up the blue microphone by Sedo that's that's all right I prefer this over wearing a headset because headsets are uncomfortable on my head, since I wear glasses.
It's still pretty difficult to use voice to text technology because it really changes the way you write., However I think it is worth it in the end, and actually the divorce sex technology is kind of about more than just writing. It's also about controlling your computer and telling it to open programs for you search the web, and so on.
I wonder if I will ever get used to saying to my computer selects this and inserts there and correct the spelling, and so on, but I can really see how powerful it could be. I mean it's something that will ultimately save me time, and my fingers and you know I I a little hesitance to try new things but this really looks like coming I can get behind.
It's actually pretty fun a lot more fun then Google voice recognition which are tried as well. I wonder this pod casters might be better at this than writers like me? I suppose that using this technology might make me a better speaker, which would be really helpful for my profession will by professional life.
Anyway, back to writing – Dragon is different from other voice to text technology in that it's is great for moving your cursor around, selecting things, and doing other towards the commands which I haven't even explored yet because I am just starting to use Dragon right now. I'm not sure if other people use Dragon for editing but I think I might try it out a little bit on this document.
Another thing I haven't tried yet is recording my voice when I'm not in front of the computer and sending them voice file to Dragon to interpret. This sounds like it's might help me to you know use my undead time like waiting at the bus or taking a walk more effectively, so you know instead of just a clicking scenery me thinking about my novel. Actually that sounds kind of awful as I go on walks to think that I guess it is not a do-gooder on walks to exercise.
Well I guess my excuse of you know my hands hurting is not one that I can use anymore,; I can write like this,; this is actually somewhat like writing. I just have to picture the words in my head as I'm speaking. No one well scratch that I haven't heard anyone say this technique yet. Delete., But I suppose that a highly visual person like me is probably have to picture the words in her head and maybe that's what I have to do to make my public speaking better to. I have to actually picture what I'm saying allowed? No, that doesn't sound right. Note that using Dragon include if that.
You can see that this writing method is very different and perhaps a bit disorganized for me. I will probably need to go back and edit this; actually, I won't. I am going to leave it the way it is so that it is really clear what I have been defaced ends the process involved. It'll be interesting to look at this in a year or so and see how far come along with this technology.

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2017-03-13 10:22 pm

I had a cat named Snowball

I bought a Blue Snowball exclamation point next paragraph new berry

I bought a Blue Snowball microphone to help me try out dictation. The version I bought has both cardioid and omnidirectional settings. Cardioid means it only picks up sound from in front of it. This means that you can possibly use it even if there's other noise in the room. Omnidirectional means it picks up sound all around it. This means you can even walk around a bit and talk and it’ll hear you.

I am writing up this DW entry right now using the new microphone + Google Docs voice recognition, and it seems to be working pretty well. I'm walking around as I do it. I have to correct a LOT of mistakes, so I’m going to eventually try out Dragon Naturally Speaking to make this go more smoothly, but for now this is not bad.

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2017-03-02 11:10 pm

Get Your Words Out - February word count

I wrote 6264 words in Feburary

I've written 19609 words this year. 

I'm 26% of the way to my goal of 75,000 words in 2017. 

Am following advice from the book 5000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Writer Smarter, and am liking it, but my hands hurt! Especially the third and fourth fingers on my right hand. So I'm going to follow one of the last pieces of advice in the book, which is to use voice dictation. It's a weird adjustment, it takes a long time to train the software, and the software/hardware seems kind of finicky, but in the long run it'll hopefully be worth it, both at work and home. 

Also got a little more involved with the GYWO community, which is active and friendly and absolutely wonderful. I tried out some of the community's advice on outlining and productivity, signed up for a bingo card on literary devices (I wish I had chosen genre or setting instead -_-), and participated in a word war--just once, because the schedule doesn't work out with mine, but I'll try again when I'm less busy with work. 

Currently writing: a long, silly FF6 fic, and my assignment for Interhigh 2017! Also need to eventually type out (or dictate?) my silly handwritten Chihayafuru fic, and get back to work on my silly novel. La la la ~

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2017-02-27 09:39 pm

Sydney in August!

I might be in Sydney from August 23-30 this year! With my dad and a couple of middle-aged friends. Any advice on places to stay, things to do? We're thinking of staying at an airBnB to save money.  

Also, I know I have some Australians on my friendslist...anyone going to be in Sydney around that time?


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2017-02-10 07:06 pm

Final Fantasy XV

My little brother and I finished the game a few weeks ago, and it was fun! Definitely not what I expected (which was a Kingdom Hearts clone), but a pleasant surprise, not a nasty one.

I have a sneaking suspicion that part of the reason the development cycle took so long was because the creators had to spend a few years clawing Nomura's influence out of the game and then figuring out what to do with the remaining mess. As my little brother put it, "I'm glad it didn't end up being a game based on nothing but some old character designs Nomura did," which is what it looked like it was going to be for the longest time. There IS something of substance here, although what that substance is is...weird. 

Spoilery talk about FFXV's themes )
In conclusion, 8.5 out of 10! 

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2017-02-08 11:00 pm

Princess Nine!!!

If there is a sports anime god, one day Princess Nine will get a second season.

(Also, for years I thought this was a TENNIS series lol.)